Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Green Lake County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Batski (child)
A boy named Batski, 6 years old, fell off a bridge into the river at Berlin and was drowned. [New Ulm Review(New Ulm, MN), July 20, 1892; Sub by RL]

Nancy Carpenter
Dartford, Wis., Sept. 8. – Mrs. Nancy Carpenter died at her home yesterday morning of apoplexy. She was the mother of S. M. Carpenter, editor of the Green Lake County Reporter and leaves besides him four daughters and a son. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) Thursday, 11 Sept. 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Oliver Cheesboro
1880 - Oliver Cheesboro died at Green Lake, Sept. 5th, at the age of ninety-two years. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 468; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Hiram Clark
Hiram Clark, a pioneer resident of Berlin, died suddenly at the age of 79. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane Co. Wis.) 15 July 1887 - Sub. by MZ]

James Densmore, Sr.
Markesan, Wis., Aug. 18. - James Densmore, Sr., one of the oldest residents of this vicinity and the state, and who has done much toward developing the county hereabouts, is dead. He was 76 years old. Mr. Densmore came to this village in 1846. Since then he has gradually grown into prominence and, among other achievements, secured the building of the railway from Brandon to Markesan. He had a part in many other local and state enterprises. He leaves two sons and three daughters, all prominent locally. The funeral was held this afternoon with Masonic rites. Every business place in the town closed from 12 until 3 o'clock, and the attendance at the funeral was large, and representative. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Wis.) 12 Aug. 1905 - Sub. by BW]

Nellie M. Ellis
Nellie M. Ellis, daughter of Z. and Tirzah Ellis, was born in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, December 4, 1881. Died in Sioux Falls, S. D. May 4th, 1909, age 27 years and 5 months. She moved with her parents from Wisconsin to Lincoln County, South Dakota, in the spring of 1890. From Lincoln County they moved to Sioux Falls in November, 1902, since which time she has resided in Sioux Falls. She became a christian at the age of seventeen, and quietly, day by day, developed more and more the Christ likeness that gave such strength and goodness to her whole life. If called into a higher service at the age of twenty-seven years, her life has proven a potent factor for good and its influence cannot be measured. Every one who knew her felt the uplifting influence of her sweet unassuming dignity and unspotted life. She was devoted to her home and loved ones and her abiding faith which remained unshaken to the end, enabling her to meet death with resignation and fearlessness. Her education was attained in the public school, Agustana College at Canton and the Baptist College at Sioux Falls. She was a successful teacher in our public schools for five years and at the time that she was stricken with the sickness that culminated in her death she was principal of the school at Tea, S.D. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church at Sioux Falls, of which congregation she was a member. The interment was made in Wood lawn Cemetery. She leaves a father and mother, two brothers and four sisters, besides other relatives and a host of friends to morn her loss. Truly a noble spirit has gone from us but "of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." G. W. KNIGHT.  [Dakota Farmers' Leader. (Canton, S.D.), 14 May 1909]

Frank Fink
Fond du Lac - Frank Fink of Princeton, 47 years old, former treasurer of Green Lake county, died here from blood poisoning.  The infection started where a tooth had been extracted some years ago. [Watertown Weekly Leader. (Watertown, Jefferson County, Wis.), 01 Dec. 1914; tr by KT]

B.A. Gardner
B.A. Gardner, a Berlin pioneer, is dead. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) Sept. 21, 1892, page 2, sub by RL]

Abner Holvenstodt
Ripon Commonwealth: Abner Holvenstodt, of Marquette, a German, aged about 42 years, while out shooting, last Sunday afternoon, in company with young Thiel and another party, started a rabbit out of a brush pile in the woods this side of Green Lake, when Thiel’s gun went off accidentally, the whole charge taking effect in the calf of Holvenstodt’s left leg, from the effects of which he died early on Tuesday morning. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin), dated May 11, 1880: transcribed by FoFG dh]

Warner Hyde
1880 - Warner Hyde died at La Crosse, Dec. 11th, at the age of eighty-four years. A native of Connecticut, he served in the War of 1812; and came to Wisconsin in 1853, residing at Berlin until a year before his death. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 474; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Homer Nelson
Homer Nelson, ex-assemblyman and ex-treasurer of Green Lake county, died recently at Ripon. [Wood County Reporter. (Grand Rapids [i.e. Wisconsin Rapids], Wis.), 31 May 1894; tr. by KT]

Isabelle J. Neuman
Isabelle J. Neuman, 63, of 803 N. University Ave., Beaver Dam, died Wednesday. Jan. 24, 1996 at University Hospital, Madison, Wis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Beaver Dam. The Rev. John Radetski will officiate. Burial will be in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery Beaver Dam. Mrs. Neuman was horn July 8, 1932 in Marquette, Wis., daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Ryan) Searvogel. She was married to Francis E. Neuman on Oct. 21, 1950 in Lost Lake, Wis. She was a graduate of Randolph High School, a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Beaver Dam, and was employed at Green Giant-Pillsbury for 26 years. Survivors include 10 children, Donald Neuman of Randolph. Gary (JoAnne Enders) Neuman of Waupun, Lois (Lester) Neuman of Randolph, Lisa (Edward) Osterhoff ol Cambria, Linda (Patrick) Hodgkins of Markesan, Francis (Gloria) Neuman of Beaver Dam, Laurie (Ray) Schmidt of Beaver Dam, Lucy (Stephen) Allermann of Juneau, Donna (Norhert) Vic of Beaver Dam, Craig Neuman of Rome, Ga.; 7 grandchildren ; three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Mabel (Edwin)Hafenstein, Joan (Harley) Miller, Jim (Bev) Searvogel, Jean (Wayne) Bahr, Barb (Jim) Harrigan, Robert (Scharleen) Searvogel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1989; one brother, Edward Michael. Friends may call on Sunday. Jan. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Koepsell Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, and on Monday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to the time of service at the church. [Source: Beaver Dam Citizen; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Joel Newell
1880 - Joel Newell died in Berlin, Dec. 24th, in his ninety-first year. He was born in Charlton, Worcester Co., Mass., March 22d, 1790. He possessed considerable inventive genius, and invented quite a number of cooper's tools now in use. He had resided at different periods in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Illinois, and finally Wisconsin. He was distinguished for his devotion to Free Masonry, with which he was connected for forty-six years, passing through many degrees. He led a life of great uprightness and humanity. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 475; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Samuel Owens
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 16. - Samuel Owens, 65 years old, member of the Wisconsin assembly from Green Lake county died at his home at Green Lake of heart disease today. Owens had been in ill health since last summer. Owens is survived by his widow and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Owens, Cambria, Wis., and a nephew, O. C. Williams, Madison. The funeral will be held at Markesan, Wis. on Tuesday. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth. St. Louis Co. MN) 17 Jan. 1921 - Sub by BW]

Helen Searvogel
Funeral services were held Monday at the First Reformed Church, Waupun, for Helen (Mrs. James) Searvogel, 41, 307 Brandon St., Waupun. The Rev. Irven Jungling officiated. Burial was in the Alto Cemetery, Alto. Searvogel died May 2 at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison. She was born December 4, 1943 in Markesan, the daughter of Delmar and Elizabeth Aalsma Hopp. She graduated from Waupun High School in 1961, and was married to James Searvogel December 2, 1961 at Emmanuel Reformed Church, Waupun. She lived all her married life in Waupun, where she was a homemaker and computer operator at Grand River Co-op in Markesan. She was a member of First Reformed Church and the Waupun Lioness Club. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Kurt and Kevin, both of Waupun; two grandchildren; her stepmother, Mrs. Lola Hopp of Waupun; a brother, Franklin Hopp of Waupun; and a stepsister, Mrs. Harold (Mary) Hartgerink of Waupun. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herbert. [Source: unknown newspaper; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

Mrs. H. C. Sewell
OSHKOSH, Wis., June 25. – Mrs. H. C. Sewell died at her home in this city Sunday night, after a prolonged and painful illness, aged 76 years. Heart disease was the immediate cause of her demise. Mrs. Jewell, with her husband, the late Henry Chapin Jewell, removed to Wisconsin from Salisbury, Conn., settling in Green Lake county in 1843. October 1, 1883, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Of their seven children, Mrs. Edgar P. Sawyer and Henry A. Jewell, both of this city, alone survive. Mrs. Jewell has been a consistent member of the First Congregational church of this city for thirty-five years, and her wealth has made it possible for her to devote the later years of her life to relieving the needy and suffering. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, June 28, 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Roy G. Smit
Roy G. Smit, 65, of 350 Fourth St, passed away on Saturday Oct, 28, 2000, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. Roy was born on Nov. 2, 1934, In Green Lake County, the son of Gerrit and Belle Sloper Smit. On May 18, 1968, he married Mary Geiger at Church of Peace In Fond du Lac. Roy graduated from Rosendale High School In 1953. He served In the National Guard in Ripon, He was very active in and enjoyed sports, both as a player and as a coach. He especially enjoyed baseball, basketball and bowling. More recently, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Roy worked on Chicago & Northwestern and Union Pacific Railroads for over 42 years before his retirement in 1977. Ray was a member of Bethel United Church of Christ in Byron and served on the council for 18 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Fond du Lac; three sons, Royal (Michelle), Steven (Sheri) and Randall (fiancée Danielle Glister), all of Fond du Lac: three grandchildren, Anthony, Jennifer and Hunter Smit; brothers and sisters, Lorene (Raymond) Jahns of Brandon, Hazel Smith of San Diego, Calif., Glen Smlt of Eldorado, Gene (Alice) Smit of Albuquerque, NM, Carol (David) Jepsou of Oshkosh and Linda (Jerry) Karls of Fond du Lac; father-and mother-in-law, Harry and Mary Lou Geiger; brothers-and sisters-in-law, Bob (Marianne) Geiger of Fond du Lac, Dave (Linda) Geiger of Fond du Lac, Chuck (Ann) Geiger of Eden and Sandy (Roy) Surita of San Antonio, Texas; many nieces and nephews. Services: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Church of Peace. The Revs. Gerald Bertsch and Richard Welkel will officiate. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation: Friends may call at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and also at the church on Tuesday from noon until the time of service. [Source: unknown newspaper; c. Oct 2000; tr. by MZ]

The youngest daughter - aged sixteen - of James Westover, living at Markesan, Green Lake county, Wis., died Thursday from taking poison - baking powder, iodine and strychnine. Her youthful lover, Dan Murray, driver on the stage route between Markesan and Brandon, and only about eighteen years old, attempted to follow by taking strychnine, but was alive when last heard from. The deluded lovers were tired of this life because Westover refused to allow Murray to call on his daughter at her home. [The Canton Advocate. (Canton, D.T. [S.D.]), 02 June 1881]


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